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Supreme Court takes up appeal of Oklahoma death row inmate after state attorney general admitted mistakes

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The Supreme Court has agreed to review the case of Richard Glossip, an Oklahoma death row inmate, after serious doubts were raised about his conviction.

The state attorney general has confessed to errors in the case, including prosecutorial misconduct and the withholding of evidence.

Glossip’s attorney, John Mills, wrote in a statement, “We are grateful that the court is providing Richard Glossip the opportunity to argue that Oklahoma should not be permitted to kill him.”

“The court should reverse the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, which has inexplicably refused to accept the state’s confession of error,” he continued.

Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner F. Drummond argued, “That decision cannot be the final word in this case.”

“The injustice of allowing a capital sentence to be caried out where the conviction was occasioned by the government’s own admitted failings would be nigh unfathomable,” wrote Drummond in the brief.

Glossip’s conviction was largely based on the testimony of another individual who was later found to have a serious psychiatric condition.

The victim’s family wants the execution to proceed, but the state now supports vacating the conviction due to the errors.

“The State deeply respects the victim’s family’s concerns about ensuring justice be done. But, Justice would not be served by moving forward with a capital sentence that the State can no longer defend because of prosecutorial misconduct and cumulative error,” wrote Drummond.

The case will be reviewed by the Supreme Court, with Justice Neil Gorsuch recused from the case.

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